Killing the Messenger: Journalists Targeted in Gaza
Watch the broadcast media's live coverage of the current conflict in the Middle East, and you'll see correspondents doing stand-ups in Israeli cities like Jerusalem and Ashkelon. But virtually no reporters are actually on the front lines in Gaza.
That's because for nearly two months, the Israeli government has prevented foreign journalists from entering the territory.
In an open letter filed on behalf of 400 international reporters, the Tel-Aviv-based Foreign Press Association said:
"In an unprecedented restriction of press freedom, the Gaza Strip has been closed to the foreign press. As a result the world's media is unable to accurately report on events inside Gaza at this critical time."
In a reassuring turn of events, the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the government to allow the international media into Gaza.
As a result, Israel must now allow up to 12 journalists to enter Gaza whenever it opens the Erez Crossing, the only passenger gateway into the territory.
Still, recent press freedom within Gaza is restricted and dangerous.